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21 of the Best Music Festivals the U.S. Has to Offer

photo: Ravi Vora
Festival season is the best season. The plethora of performances on multiple stages, art installations, beer gardens and food options make up festival culture however, the core of these multi-day events is the music. Rock n' roll, pop, country, hip hop, folk or electronic - you name it, there's a festival for it. 

So, if you are scouring the United States in hopes of uncovering the best music festivals around, this is the list for you.

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Coachella | Stay at: Ace Hotel & Swim Club learn more

Coachella defines Southern California’s festival scene with three days of desert frolicking. Get ready for fashion girls, celebrities and crop tops galore in April. This year’s star-studded line-up includes Beyonce, Eminem, Bleachers and Haim. 
Where to stay: Ace Hotel & Swim Club provides Palm Springs cool with their retro motel vibes and happening pool.
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Outside Lands | Stay at: Proper Hotel San Francisco

San Francisco, California
No better way to spend your August than at Outside Lands in San Francisco. More than just music, experience live paintings, the Beer Lands and an abundance of food trucks. 
Where to stay: Lodge in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city at Proper Hotel right on Market Street. This flatiron landmark building provides West Coast cool thanks to designer Kelly Wearstler.
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Bonnaroo | Stay at: Thompson Nashville learn more

Bonnaroo has over 10 stages and features over 130 bands but that’s not all – art installations, yoga classes, kids events and a Roo Run make up the glory of Bonnaroo. 
Where to stay: Want to forgo the camping option and check yourself into a hotel? Stay at Thompson Nashville and take the shuttle to and from the festival. In the heart of the city, Thompson Nashville has a sleek Mid-Century Modern flair that screams retro luxury. 
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Warped Tour | Stay at: Kimpton Hotel Born

Denver, Colorado
Attention alternative afficionados: 30H!3, Falling in Reverse and The Used are just some of the bands playing at Van’s Warped Tour in Denver.
Where to stay: Kimpton Hotel Born provides alpine modern luxury with floor to ceiling windows, an original art collection and a view of the downtown skyline.
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Ultra Music Festival | Stay at: Freehand Miami learn more

As if Miami wasn’t fun enough, Ultra Music Festival brings all your favorite DJs to one location in March. Think Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, The Chainsmokers and David Guetta. 
Where to stay: Take advantage of Miami’s Art Deco influence and stay at Freehand Miami. Make sure to try one of their inventive craft cocktails after a night of dancing.
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Stagecoach | Stay at: Pioneertown Motel learn more

Country folk rejoice! Stagecoach is California’s country music festival of the year. This year’s headliners include Keith Urban and Garth Brooks. Attractions include a honkytonk dance hall, a ferris wheel and a beer barn.
Where to stay: Nothing says western like Pioneertown Motel. This wild west hotel will have you feeling the country vibes all the way in the California desert.
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Air + Style | Stay at: NoMad Los Angeles learn more

This year, Air + Style had Phoenix, Zedd and Gucci Maine as their headliners. Not only was music at the forefront of the festival, but street style snowboarding and skateboarding also took the spotlight. 
Where to stay: Nomad Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is the perfect 1920’s retreat. French architect and designer Jacques Garcia designed this 241 room property. Its soft color palette and freestanding bathtubs provide all the charm.
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Voodoo Festival | Stay at: The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery learn more

This October marks Voodoo Festival’s 20th anniversary and the celebration is reflected in its 2018 lineup: Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem and DJ Snake are amongst the performances.
Where to stay: The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery will help you experience the city of New Orleans. With a blend of glam, chic and modern, this historic boutique hotel celebrates the art and culture of New Orleans. 
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Bottlerock | Stay at: Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa

Calistoga, California
Napa Valley is home to BottleRock, a May festival that boasts good music, food, wine and beer. With headliners like Muse, The Killers and Bruno Mars, this California three-day extravaganza is pulling out all the stops. 
Where to stay: Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa is a revamped 1940’s roadside motel offering the best of wine country. Giving an “ode to the Great American Road Trip of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s,” the surrounding vineyards complement the Mid-Century Modern design. 
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Austin City Limits | Stay at: South Congress Hotel learn more

Austin City Limits Festival has everyone preforming from Jay-Z to Foster the People. Experience one of the live music capitals of the country with their eight stages and over 140 bands. 
Where to stay: For the design minded folk, stay at South Congress Hotel for chic, boutique and Mid-Century Modern lodging.
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Lollapalooza | Stay at: Ambassador Chicago learn more

This August attend Lollapalooza in Chicago and experience their eight different stages including a line-up of over 170 bands. Past artists that have graced the Lolla stage include Muse, Lorde and Cage the Elephant.
Where to stay: Come home to Ambassador Chicago, a chic hotel with touches of ‘30s and ‘40s glamour. Make sure to have a post-festival drink at their Library Lounge, a modern interpretation of a traditional English gentleman’s club. 
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CRSSD Fest | Stay at: Pendry San Diego

San Diego, California
Head down to San Diego’s bay for a three-day music festival in the sun. CRSSD has both spring and fall festivals hosting performers like Empire of the Sun and Bonobo. 
Where to stay: Pendry San Diego’s downtown location makes this hotel an urban and sophisticated must visit. Host the afterparty in style at any of their six different restaurants or bars.
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Newport Folk Festival | Stay at: Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina

Newport, Rhode Island
Folk music enthusiasts, this is your festival. Newport Folk Festival takes place at the end of July in Newport, Rhode Island. The lineup includes Bedoine, Fantastic Negrito, Phoebe Bridgers and The Lone Bellow. 
Where to stay: Check yourself into an island resort at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina. This waterfront property will have you in awe.
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Panorama Festival | Stay at: The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue learn more

Panorama has the lineup to beat: The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, Cardi B and The Killers, to name a few. This July New York City festival is gauranteed the place to be.
Where to stay: Stay right next to Madison Square Garden at The Langham in New York City. Perfect for those who love a modern and captivating decor. 
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Telluride Bluegrass Festival | Stay at: Lumiere Hotel learn more

Jump on board for the 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado. This four day festival features Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan and Jerry Douglas. Past lineups have included Mumford & Sons and Elvis Costello. 
Where to stay: Get into the Colorado spirit the right way at Lumiere Hotel. With only 29 rooms, this intimate and luxurious boutique hotel is set in the San Juana Mountains. 
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Shaky Knees | Stay at: Loews Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is bringing the rock n’ roll spirit at Shaky Knees. The lineup includes Jack White, Fleet Foxes, Cake and Queens of the Stone Age. 
Where to stay: Stay in the middle of it all at Loews Hotel in Midtown Atlanta. Their weekend perks include parking and breakfast - perfect for your festival-going self.
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Governors Ball | Stay at: 50 Bowery learn more

New York City’s three day music festival is the place to be this June. Governors Ball headliners include Jack White, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Travis Scott, Halsey and Eminem. Get the single day pass or splurge for the whole weekend. 
Where to stay: Stay downtown at the hip 50 Bowery Hotel. Located right at the crossroads of Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side, you get the luxurious best of downtown New York City. 
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Electric Zoo | Stay at: 1 Hotel Central Park

New York, New York
If electronic music is your thing, then you need to be at Electric Zoo this Labor Day Weekend in New York. This festival has been home to headliners like deadmaus, ZEDD and DJ Snake. This year marks its 10 year anniversary, so you know it’s going to be a good one. 
Where to stay: After dancing the night away, come back to 1 Hotel Central Park where you can find some nature in the midst of the concrete jungle. Reclaimed wood, treetop views and horticulture galore will make this unique hotel home for the weekend. 
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Bumbershoot | Stay at: Thompson Seattle

Seattle, Washington
Celebrate Labor Day weekend at Bumbershoot in Seattle, Washington. Around since 1972, this three-day festival touches upon music, comedy, visual arts and even dance. 
Where to stay: Experience downtown Seattle at Thompson Hotel. Their sleek glass facade and urban charm will have you experiencing the city of Seattle like no other. 
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Summerfest | Stay at: The Iron Horse Hotel learn more

Summerfest is so good that it takes place two weekends in a row. Head over to Wisconsin for a chance to see Halsey, Blake Shelton, Arcade Fire and Imagine Dragons. 
Where to stay: This luxury 100-room hotel was converted from a 100-year-old warehouse. The Iron Horse Hotel is your contemporary home for the weekend. Relax after a day full of concerts at this brick accented hotel.
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Essence | Stay at: Ace Hotel New Orleans learn more

Inspired by the magazine for African American women, Essence is a music festival aimed to celebrate women and culture. This July in New Orleans, see Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige and even Erykah Badu perform. There’s some fun for the men too! Other headliners include Snoop Dogg and The Roots. 
Where to stay: Nothing says New Orleans hip like the Ace Hotel. Soak in the Art Deco flair and Dadaism influence. Located next to the museum and art gallery district, The Ace Hotel is perfect for the art lover. 
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